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Blood thickened even though food/lifestyle was unchanged (inr dropped to 1.3). Upping warfarin 3mg to 7mg did nothing. Now on 9mg and also daily heparin injections. Inr still 1.3. Why no improvement

Blood thickened even though food/lifestyle was unchanged (inr dropped to 1.3). Upping warfarin 3mg to 7mg did nothing. Now on 9mg and also daily heparin injections. Inr still 1.3. Why no improvement

Coumadin (warfarin) resistance: 95% of people get adequate response to Coumadin (warfarin) with dosage between 1-9mg. Thus leaving about 5% of people need above 9mg--because of several posible causes: poor absorption (drug such as Cholestyramine can cause this), too rapid elimination, xcessivevit k intake, hyperlipidemia, certain drugs, or hereditary resistance (rare), and at times unknown. Consult doc for adjustment. Good luck. ...Read more

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Dr. Steven Ajluni
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Heparin (Definition)

Heparin is a drug that thins the blood to prevents clots in blood vessels. It is given by intravenous line and requires close ...Read more


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What is the heparin?

What is the heparin?

Heparin: Is a naturally occurring anticoagulant produced by basophils and mast cells. In therapeutic doses it prevents the formation and extension of blood clots. It allows the body's natural clot dissolving mechanisms to work normally to break down clots. It is used when heart attack is imminent(acute coronary syndrome), deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, in heart surgery, to prevent stroke in A fib ...Read more

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What are normal heparin levels?

Zero: Heparin is not a normal constituent of blood. Even when Heparin is administered for therapeutic purposes, its effect is measured by testing for activated thromboplastin time (appt), not Heparin levels. ...Read more

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How are heparin injections given?

Subq: Most Heparin injections are administered subcutaneously or intravenously. ...Read more

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How is low molecular weight heparin used?

Low molecular weith: Heparin is used as an anticoagulant. In low doses the intent is to prevent clotting. In full dose it is used to treat an established clot. If is given as a subcutaneous (under the skin) injection, which is more convenient than a continuous IV infusion of standard heparin. ...Read more

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Is "heparin" the same thing as "unfractionated heparin"?

Yes: There are types of heparin: unfractionated (heparin) and low molecular weight heparin (Lovenox). ...Read more

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What is difference between low molecular weight heparin and normal heparin?

What is difference between low molecular weight heparin and normal heparin?

Low molecular weight: Heparin is used as an anticoagulant. In low doses the intent is to prevent clotting. In full dose it is used to treat an established clot. If is given as a subcutaneous (under the skin) injection, which is more convenient than a continuous IV infusion of standard heparin. ...Read more

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How long does lmwh or heparin stay in the system for? I had a dose based on my bodyweight 84kg as they couldn't scan me overnight.

It depends on...: It depends on the way it was given. Regular heparin is given IV and has a short stay in blood. When these are given under the skin(SubQ), they are present int he body for 24 to 48 hours. ...Read more

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What are heparin and insulin?

What are heparin and insulin?

Heparin: Heparin is anticoagulant. Insulin is hormone produced by pancreas and given to type 1 diabetics whose pancreas cannot produce enough insulin. ...Read more

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Is there an antidote for heparin?

Yes: There is a drug called Protamine sulfate that can counteract Heparin in the case of overdose. It binds to heparin, inactivating its anticoagulant ability. ...Read more

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What is heparin lock?

What is heparin lock?

Just a device: It is a means of infusing drugs or fluids. In this case specifically heparin. Thru a canula or drip ...Read more

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What are the side effects of heparin?

Effects of heparin: In the short term, Heparin can cause bleeding and heparin-induced thrombocytopenia (a dangerous allergic reaction causing low platelets and blood clots). Taken for long periods, it can cause hair loss and weakened bones (osteoporosis). ...Read more

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How does heparin work to assist conception?

This is a myth: There is a lot of misinformation about Heparin and Lovenox (enoxaparin) out there. These are injectable blood thinners that can be helpful for women with recurrent miscarriage due to anti phospholipid syndrome — a type of lupus. It is currently not recommended for infertility or for recurrent miscarriage unless you have anti phospholipid syndrome. This is a new acog recommendation just this year. ...Read more

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What will happen if heparin gets on your skin?

What will happen if heparin gets on your skin?

Nothing: Heparin is an IV drug so it does not have any topical effects noted. Just to be safe, wipe it off skin as quickly as possible. ...Read more

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What are the uses of heparin for someone with diabetes?

None: Heparin is a blood thinner. Has no use for diabetes directly. It is used however in hospital settings since diabetics are at higher risk for forming dvts. ...Read more

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